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      NMU menâ??s basketball beats Ferris State 61-59

      MARQUETTE, Mich. â?? Freshman guard Marcus Hall scored a game-high 17 points to lead the Northern Michigan University men's basketball team to a 61-59 Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletics Conference win over Ferris State Saturday at the Berry Events Center.

      The Wildcats improved to 4-10 overall with a 3-7 record in the GLIAC while Ferris fell to 6-8 on the campaign and 5-6 in league action.

      Junior forward Chavis Mattison picked up his second double-double of the season scoring 13 points and leading all players with 11 rebounds. Junior forward Justin Newell added 10 rounding out the double-digit scorers for NMU.

      Mattison broke a 59-59 tie with 10-seconds left in the game when he converted a layup to give NMU the win.

      NMU took its largest lead of the game when freshman guard Wade Schetter sunk a three-pointer with 10:30 left in the game. Ferris State then used a 9-0 run to cut the NMU lead to one, 50-49 with 6:27 remaining in the contest.

      The Wildcats held off Ferris the rest of the way as the game was tied three times but the Bulldogs couldn't capture the lead.

      "I was very happy how we played and I thought we executed a lot of stuff," said NMU head coach Bill Sall. "With 16 assists that's by far the best we have done this year distributing the ball. I thought our guys did a good job executing. I can't be more pleased about how our guys played and how they played with passion."

      The Wildcats shot 43.4-percent from the floor connecting on 23-53 of their field goals. NMU also connected on 8-14 (57.1%) from three-point range and 7-11 (63.6%) from the free throw line.

      NMU led at the half 32-30. Three pointers by Hall and Schetter gave NMU an eight-point lead at the 13:57 and 10:48 marks of the first.

      Hall led the Wildcats with 10 first half points while NMU shot 41.4-percent from the floor in the first half, connecting on 12-29.

      Ferris State outrebounded NMU 41-33 and edged the Wildcats in the paint 24-18. Sophomore center Brandon Havercamp added nine rebounds and three blocked shots for the Wildcats while junior guard Ethan Blackwell had seven assists for NMU.

      NMU returns to action on Thursday (Jan. 23) at Saginaw Valley. Tipoff against the Cardinals is set for 8 p.m.